Single Idea 17247

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / b. Nominalism about universals]

Full Idea

Nothing is general or universal besides names or signs.

Gist of Idea

The only generalities or universals are names or signs


Thomas Hobbes (De Corpore (Elements, First Section) [1655], 2.08.05)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Metaphysical Writings', ed/tr. Calkins,Mary Whiton [Open Court 1905], p.56

A Reaction

This is the perfect motto for nominalists, among which I am inclined to include myself. Hobbes had a fabulous gift for economy of phrasing. This website is dedicated to that ideal. Reality does not contain generalities (obviously!!).